Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

I’ve been wanting to make some pumpkin muffins for many years now, but every time I buy a squash or pumpkin puree I end up making a pie. Fast forward to the present and what did I do with half a can of puree from the fridge?–bake some muffins! The name “muffin” was first printed…

Onigirazu (Cabinet Cookery)

Onigirazu is a rice ball that one does not need to roll in their hands, or touch the filling, as it is wrapped in seaweed wrap. The end result is a sandwich-like onigiri, or rice ball. The making of this is very recent, having first appeared in 1990 in the manga “Cooking Papa”. Like many…

Steamed Rice Rolls

Steamed Rice Rolls are a delicious street food in Southeast Asia, and contain any filling of your liking, from noodles to pork. Growing up, these rolls, known as fawm kauv in Hmong, were a luxury. Mom rarely made them, and when she did my siblings and I dug in right away. I admit I seldom…

Simple Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are believed to have originated in China, during the Jin Dynasty (265-420 AD). In the spring, the people would make thin flour cakes loaded with fresh vegetables, to welcome this change in season. Today, these refreshing wraps of rice noodles, vegetables, and your choice of protein, can be enjoyed any time of the…

Chocolate Pudding Pies

Hostess’ Chocolate Pudding Pies were one of my favorite childhood desserts–or more like snacks. I grew up as a 90s kid–during the times of slip dresses, plaid skirts, plucked eyebrows, lip-liners, and tendrils. Not mention windbreakers, spaghetti straps, hip-hugging flares, platforms, scrunchies and marble hair ties. (See more here) The fashion of the 90s is something…

Acovado Shrimp Salad

I came upon this Easy Avacado + Tomato Salad recipe a couple years ago, while browsing YouTube. I love avocados and eat them whenever I can splurge. Having tried the original recipe years ago, I admit I don’t like big chunky pieces of onions, which are called for. I have never been a fan of onions,…

Venison Fajitas–Easy (Cabinet Cookery)

Venison is deer meat. Once the animal is no longer wandering the the woods, and is served up on the table, its name–oddly–changes to venison. The word venison comes from the medieval French word venesoun, describing the meat of any large animal, not just a deer. Venison, to me, is a luxury. I can’t just…

Pumpkin Soup

I grew up in a home of female cooks. My maternal grandmother made delicious meals that her mother taught her, and my mom could recreate grandma’s dishes and also had her own specialties. One of my favorite dishes that Mom and Grandma would make in the fall is Pumpkin Soup. This soup is extremely simple…

Potato Stew from the Early 20th Century

Brrr it’s getting cold out! Which means this is the perfect time to make a soup or stew. Last winter, when I decided to start my video-making journey, I filmed a how-to-cook-potato-stew video. And I had forgotten all about it! Thankfully I had the footages saved onto my laptop. Why not share it now?! For…

1940’s Chocolate Cake

During the Second World War, British food supply was cut short by the Germans, who attacked many ships supplying food to Great Britain. Rationing was then introduced by the Ministry of Food to ensure everyone could still have access to the limited food supply; however, each person was given the same amount. Rationing was also…